On the next stage of my journey, I take a trip to the Chuya Steppe and the Kazakh village of Kosh-Agach.
Strictly speaking, this district of the Altai Republic is not usually part of the circular route. A trip to Kosh-Agach from the villages of Chibit or Aktash, where the circular route goes, adds an extra 100 kilometers of travel in one direction, not including stopovers at attractions.
The landscape’s astonishing shift from the green mountain taiga to the semi-desert Chuya Steppe and the culture of the Altai Kazakhs were my main impressions of this trip. The second day of the trip can be dedicated to the alpine meadow zone and trekking to the Aktru Glacier.